Bethel Road

by Travis Lee Kern

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Bethel Road doesn't have a speed limit, but you'll probably want to take your time on the winding road and enjoy the scenery. There's a lot of fun to be had along the way, as well as tales of growth and redemption. It's a soulful country album, recorded by an all Kentucky cast of players. Enjoy!

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released August 5, 2019

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jason Groves at The Sneak Attack Recording Company, Lexington, Ky.

Album cover artwork by Matthew Klooster

Travis Lee Kern - vocals, guitar, banjo, piano
Daniel Lay - guitar, vocals
Chip Minks - bass
Jeffrey Alford - drums
Chelsea Nolan - vocals
Trina Kern - vocals
Maggie Lander - fiddle (Hot Car, Bethel Road, Nutmeg, So Nice...)
Ishi Wooton - fiddle (Timing)

All songs written by Travis Lee Kern (SESAC/ Red Apple Butter Music) except for "Bethel Road," written by Travis Lee Kern and Heather Bailey

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Track Name: Hot Car
When class was slow in high school hot cars were my escape
The kind that shined when they passed by with rumbling v-8s
They could be any color but I made them pencil gray
They all had the muscle to pull me away

I was proud to be from that town, but I craved the unknown
I set my sights on a powerful ride and the places that I'd go

Someday I know I'll get away
Peddle down on the interstate
I would dream of a hot car

Years later I was working at a warehouse far from home
I ate a lot of dollar menu dinners, but I made it on my own
I had an old worn out Chevy and all it had was heat
Driving around that summer I kept a towel in my seat

I could have fixed the air in that beater but I chose to pay the rent
It kept me humble and a little sweaty everywhere I went

Someday I'll make it to a better place
Windows up, I'll have it made
I would dream from a hot car

I drive an SUV to haul around my kids
Now they're my dreams, the best thing I ever did
I want to buy them all Mustangs and shield them from heartache
But they need to space to learn from their mistakes

It's the hardest road I've ever known, helping these kids turn out alright
Like my parents I'll just do my best, and say a prayer every night

Someday I know they'll drive away
God I hope they'll be ok
As they dream of a hot car

One way or another, may they get to drive
A hot car
Track Name: Bethel Road
It wasn't just the moonlight
Or the blinking of the fireflies
That had me so mesmerized
Driving to the dam down Bethel Road
Honeysuckle wind blowing through your hair
And by the look in your eyes when our lips met
I knew it'd be a night that I wouldn't forget

With the crickets in the hollow singing our song
The river in the background roaring along in harmony
Getting little chills with every touch
Feeling love's light shine down on us in a moonbeam
I'd give anything to go down that road with you again

We've come far since that night
And with faith and a lot of fight
We built a life and we did it right
But it didn't leave time for the long way home
I love you more than I ever did
When our dreams were around the bend
And it seemed like that sweet night would never end

With the crickets in the hollow singing our song
The river in the background roaring along in harmony
Getting little chills with every touch
Feeling love's light shine down on us in a moonbeam
I'd give anything to go down that road with you again

Take my hand we'll travel light
I remember the way to Bethel Road
We can make it there tonight

With the crickets in the hollow singing our song
The river in the background roaring along in harmony
Getting little chills with every touch
Feeling love's light shine down on us in a moonbeam
I'd give anything to go down that road with you again

Go down that road
Track Name: Heartwood
My heartwood is rough cut pine
When it was green it was true
Milled to build a love that didn't come through
Out in the weather, abandoned long ago
The years left their stain
It grew cracked from the cold and soft from the rain

You needed love and you saw in me what I didn't know was there
I came back to life in your care

Yeah you picked up my heart
Planed away the gray
And revealed it like only you could
Sanded it down and you found
Solid wood

I know it wasn't easy working with this grain
Again and again
Some scars are everlasting, they're deeper than the skin
Well you changed me for the better, but loved me for who I was
That took a skillful hand
Now my love for you is going to shine and it's going to stand

You needed love and you saw in me what I didn't know was there
I came back to life in your care

Yeah you picked up my heart
Planed away the gray
And revealed it like only you could
Sanded it down and you found
Solid wood

Yeah you picked up this old pine
That'd been cast away
And restored it like you understood
That waiting deep down
Was solid wood

And that's why this old heart is yours for good
Track Name: Saving Grace
I was lost for a long time
I didn't know where I was bound
When I was lost, I thought I was just fine
Sometimes a man don't want to be found

So I did not deserve to feel your tender touch
Or see the smile on your lovely face
You gladly pulled me up, forgiving all I'd done
Brought me to a better place
Oh saving grace

I was loved for a long time
Though I thought I was on my own
You were there with a love so fine
Waiting to crack a heart of stone

I did not deserve to feel your tender touch
Or see the smile on your lovely face
You gladly pulled me up, forgiving all I've done
Brought me to a better place
Oh saving grace

I've been saved for a long time
You've been there thick and thin
Everyday, no matter how hard I try
I know I'll need your grace again

I did not deserve to feel your tender touch
Or see the smile on your lovely face
You gladly pulled me up, forgiving all I'd done
Brought me to a better place
Oh saving grace
Track Name: Timing
I dreamed of playing second for the Cincinnati Reds
Turn the double plays that would turn people's heads
And hear my name as I ran across that white chalk line
Next all I wanted was to write a country song
Hear it on the radio, stop the car and sing along
My plans and God's didn't align
But that's just fine

I've prayed for and strained for
Studied and trained for desires that didn't go as planned
And I have seen mountains move in mysterious ways I'll never understand
Through high flights and low lights, failures and just-rights
I'm forever finding
This life comes down to faith, and growth, and timing

I thought I'd never find the one meant for me
Till I kissed my best friend on a dock in Tennessee
I swear it rewrote history, like it'd always been that way
Soon all we wanted was children of our own
There was loss after loss, hearts heavy as stone
If it was going to be just us, would it be ok?
Those were difficult days

I've prayed for and strained for
Studied and trained for desires that didn't go as planned
And I have seen mountains move in mysterious ways I'll never understand
Through high flights and low lights, failures and just-rights
I'm forever finding
This life comes down to faith, and growth, and timing

I never made the majors but I coached some travel ball
And the boys down at The Rooster had me on air in the fall
I'm still on this adventure with my best friend
God gave us a family in his own special way
It's more than we deserve, worth more than we can pay
I've learned to just accept what's up around the bend
And be thankful till the end

I've prayed for and strained for
Studied and trained for desires that didn't go as planned
And I have seen mountains move in mysterious ways I'll never understand
Through high flights and low lights, failures and just-rights
I'm forever finding
This life comes down to faith, and growth, and timing
Track Name: Little River
I want to ride out right now, shift and put the hammer down
Freer than the fourth of July
Living in the city has got me feeling dizzy
I'm itching for that county line
Well I've got a rusty boat and I think it'll float
So if you want to come away with me
We'll let the little river take us where you can't see a road for the trees

You pack the chicken, I'll get the jigs and maybe we'll cast a line
But if it turns to night without even a bite, well baby that'll be just fine
We'll let the lightning bugs be the lights of love
As we drift in the cool cool breeze
And let the little river take us where you can't see a road for the trees

Well I've been waiting, praying, anticipating
A weekend we can get away
Fifty hour weeks have got me feeling beat
Leaving me no time to play
But now the weather's looking bright and the timing is right
So baby won't you come away with me
We'll let the little river take us where you can't see a road for the trees

You pack the chicken, I'll get the jigs and maybe we'll cast a line
But if it turns to night without even a bite, well baby that'll be just fine
We'll let the lightning bugs be the lights of love
As we drift in the cool cool breeze
And let the little river take us where you can't see a road for the trees
Track Name: Easter Sunday
When we said we were finished I was overcome with grief
From Bible school as little kids to that high school first kiss
We grew together in love and belief
I started sleeping in on Sundays, I heard that you did too
I tried hard to move on but everything felt wrong
I was lost without you

My heart was hidden so long it needed a resurrection
Deep breath, and I walked into church seeking a new direction
Well I saw you there and though I was scared
The stone by my heart rolled away
I found love and redemption on Easter Sunday

Hallelujah, love restored like the years hadn't passed
In your arms worries fell away and I thank God to this day
My first love is now my last
Now we have two kids or our own, we put them through that Bible school
They've heard it been said love can rise from the dead
When talking about Jesus and me and you

My heart was hidden so long it needed a resurrection
Deep breath, and I walked into church seeking a new direction
Well I saw you there and though I was scared
The stone by my heart rolled away
I found love and redemption on Easter Sunday
Track Name: Nutmeg
Your love is the spicy taste of nutmeg
And a little bit goes a long way
Your love is a swig of ice tea
On a summer day
Your love is my fresh morning coffee
It gives me courage sip by sip
Your love is my old work gloves
They never let me lose my grip

Your love is everything
It keeps me grounded, yet sets me free
Your love is all I need

I see your love in our little garden
When the peppers start popping out in June
I see your love in the beauty and the legend
Of the Dogwood bloom
I feel your love in my sweetheart's smile
And I taste your love in her tender kiss
And when I see these kids running around I'm reminded
That I am blessed

Your love is everything
It keeps me grounded, yet sets me free
Your love is all I need

It's all I need
Track Name: So Nice of You to Stay
So long sweet baby, it looks like your leaving
I caught a glimpse of a big kid this evening
it had to come someday
People said this time would go so fast
Cherish the moments, try to make them last
Too soon they fade away

Sweet seasons change
All are beautiful, none can remain
It's been a pleasure, and I've treasure everyday
So nice of you to stay

Seasons before you held joy and defeat
There were other angels we didn't get to meet
There was nothing we could do
Sadness, anger, deeper belief
Newfound redemption, in the midst of grief
Then God gave us you

Sweet seasons change
All are beautiful, none can remain
It's been a pleasure, and I've treasured everyday
So nice of you to stay

So fare thee well, it's time to grow
Go build your world, we'll watch you as you go
You teach us everyday
Of undeserved grace and love's unending song
And if you get a blessing don't be afraid to pass it on
It never was yours anyway

Sweet seasons change
All are beautiful, none can remain
It's been a pleasure, and I've treasured everyday
So nice of you to stay

So nice of you to stay

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